Globally recognized as the iconic face of the award-winning television drama, Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle announces the launch of Highclere Castle Gin, a super-premium London Dry Gin with botanicals from the castle’s herb gardens, originally planted in the ninth century by the Bishops of Winchester.
“Highclere Castle has been renowned for its entertaining and house parties featuring gin cocktails through the years,” said Lady Carnarvon, the 8th Countess of Carnarvon and best-selling author of “At Home at Highclere: Entertaining at the Real Downton Abbey.” “We, therefore, felt that with the ever-rising interest in gin, the family’s heritage, and indeed the Carnarvon’s love of the spirit, that it was a natural step to make a gin from Highclere provenance.”
The Earls of Carnarvon have lived at Highclere Castle since 1679, around the time when gin emerged in England and juniper has grown wildly on the estate since the ancient Roman days. The gin features a delicate balance of juniper, lime flower, orange peel and a touch of lavender. Integrating Highclere’s acclaimed estate-grown oats into the blend adds a unique smoothness and a long, memorable finish. The gin style possesses a versatility that can be enjoyed straight on the rocks the “Noble way,” with tonic, in a classic martini, or in mixed cocktails.
The new gin was launched ahead of the movie release date. The custom glass bottle, designed and manufactured in England, is inspired by the castle and its architect, Sir Charles Barry. Its shape invokes the symbol of the main tower at Highclere. At the same time, the deep purple glass recognizes the family’s heritage while capturing the brand’s premium qualities.
This complex bottle design is decorated using organic spray, in a satin finish. It is 1 colour printed all 4 sides with UV organic.
To find out more about the Highclere castle gin please visit https://www.highclerecastlespirits.com/
The Downton Abbey film is due to be released in the UK on Friday 13th September.